Saturday, 26 December 2015
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
This little MIDI keyboard controller is shaped and laid out as a replica of the classic vintage Korg MS-20 synthesizer, and it's design concept was to be used as a controller for the company's software emulation of the same synth. It's a great piece of kit which we're all having a lot of fun with, it might have mini keys and is only 85% the size of the original, but it's doing is job perfectly, even down to the use of patch cables!!! It's also getting as rare as hen's teeth, so I'm particularly pleased that I managed to attain one as I have been wanting one of these for a very long time.
This was a competition win from Dolphin Music, an online music shop. Another cool piece of kit, it's pristine sounding and has three USB ports built in which is perfect when using several USB MIDI controllers as I do.
The Waldorf Edition 2 contains updated versions of their D-Pole filter, Attack drum synth and the breathtaking PPG Wave 2.V synth emulation. To my ears, all three products have a sharper, crisper sound and the nicely updated GUI's are, to my eyes, an absolute pleasure.
This bundle from Waves Audio contains the products, the V-Comp compressor and the V-EQ3 and V-EQ4 equalisers. The V-Comp is based on Neve 2254 buss compressor and provides vey clear compression, limiting & de-essing. The V-EQ3 is based upon highly revered Neve 1066 & 1073 modules and is great for both tracking and mastering, providing a real 1960s/1970s feel. And the V-EQ4 is based on the equally applauded Neve 1081, providing a seriously smooth and responsive performance with a very authentic vintage sound. The V-Series delivers a fabulous vintage vibe, full of warmth and character, particularly when used in conjunction with the Sonimus Britson console strip.
Vertigo is a top class additive synthesizer and is providing some beautifully crystalline synth textures and sounds. It also creates wonderful spectral type sounds of which I am rather partial. Offering 256 oscillators WAV / bitmap re-synthesis, 2 morphable layers, dual filters that can be run in serial and parallel modes, FFT view and 8 effects. I'm already getting really lovely shimmering textures and tones, particularly when using a convolution reverb.
An excellent companion to the equally brilliant Shimmer reverb from Valhalla DSP, the simply named Room reverb has become something of a go-to reverb. Room is a true stereo algorithmic reverb, with eleven different reverberation algorithms (with names such as Nostromo, Narcissus, Sulaco and LV-426!!!), and it produces some really cool natural-sounding reverberation, comparable, I think, to some convolution reverbs I've heard. Wonderful sound and highly flexible with a terrific price, get this in your set up now!!!
A few plans for the coming weeks. I have a number of photos events such as Heaven 17 live at The Waterfront in Norwich alongside a series of “related” explores and further daliances with my set of studio strobes. I’m also helping my son, Callum Raeburn-Fellowes with his debut album, “Autumn’s Breeze” and his pending debut solo live performance at the Awakenings Evening of Ambient and Electronic Music. Work is continuing on a new album with Dean Burnett under the name of Weathered Wall and we’re starting to put together a set for live performance. My work continues on my next album, despite irretrievably wiping the entire thing from my hard-drive a couple of weeks ago – yet another fresh start, but I am quite confident of a release before the end of the year.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
TubeOhm Bruno III:
Nomad Factory PulseTec EQs:
I'm currently producing an album of ambient/New Age music called "Autumn's Breezes", recorded by son, Callum Raeburn-Fellowes, using the new software production tools described above and we've really noticed a marked difference in the quality of the mixes since adding them into the effects chains.
You can see the From The Jam pictures on my Flickr page by clicking the link below: